case·​load | \ˈkās-ˌlōd \

Definition of caseload 

: the number of cases handled (as by a court or clinic) usually in a particular period

Examples of caseload in a Sentence

We have a heavy caseload today.

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Between caseloads sometimes as heavy as 23 a day, to giving presentations or writing articles, her schedule is full. Adiel Kaplan, miamiherald, "She struck down gay adoption ban and handled notorious juvenile cases. Now she's retiring.," 3 July 2018 Over the past eight months, however, the initial caseload of 234 has shrunk steadily. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Feds drop charges against final 38 defendants over inauguration-day riots," 6 July 2018 But opportunistic or abusive claims are unfortunately numerous in the current caseload, particularly among people who seek asylum after having been in the United States for a while. David A. Martin, Vox, "How to fix the crisis caused by Central American asylum seekers — humanely," 2 July 2018 The nebbish and the Croat spent their time drinking caseloads of prosecco and amiably throwing up starboard. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 The ruling has constrained caseloads because security guidelines require at least one U.S. deputy marshal to guard each unshackled defendant in the courtroom. Richard Marosi,, "The aggressive prosecution of border-crossers is straining the courts. Will 'zero tolerance' make it worse?," 11 May 2018 All of those counties would be required to start lowering caseloads in 2016, the agency wrote. Hillary Borrud,, "Oregon pilot program for foster system lawyers 'wildly successful' but limited," 4 May 2018 Care Coordinator: Nurses will manage caseloads, conduct visits, complete paperwork and documentation, and more. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "8 of the Best Work-From-Home Jobs Nursing Jobs," 26 June 2017 In the southern district of Texas, caseloads have doubled from two months ago. Molly Hennessy-fiske,, "Trump ended separating families. But what's next?," 21 June 2018

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1923, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of caseload

: the number or amount of cases handled by a court, social worker, etc.


case·​load | \ˈkās-ˌlōd \

Medical Definition of caseload 

: the number of cases handled (as by a clinic) in a particular period


case·​load | \ˈkās-ˌlōd \

Legal Definition of caseload 

: the number of cases handled (as by a court or a lawyer) often in a particular period

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